Beauty is not only about genetics. The way we look also depends on our habits. Some of us have a habit of drinking a glass of water in the morning, while others never skip even one stage of a multi-step skin care system. The cumulative effects of all these beauty rituals will definitely manifest through the way you look in future.
We learned about 10 useful beauty habits that you’ll be grateful for doing after 10 years.
1. Keep your feet above your head.
Lift your legs and keep them on the wall while you’re talking on the phone or lying with a mask on your face. This simple habit will help you avoid varicose veins in the future. This position helps blood from your legs get down to the body without overcoming the force of gravity. It will give your veins a rest and affect your well-being positively.
2. Use SPF all year round.
As strange as it may sound, applying sunscreen to the skin during any season is a really useful habit. The sun radiation affects our skin even in winter and autumn. Studies have shown that people who use SPF cream throughout the year grow older 24% more slowly than those who don’t. That’s why it’s recommended to wear sunglasses on sunny winter and autumn days.
3. Take care of the skin on your neck.
The skin on the neck is as thin and vulnerable as the kind on the eyelids. Very often, it indicates the first signs of aging. Those who love to read in a horizontal position or sleep on high pillows often end up having Rings of Venus — neck wrinkles that can appear even before age 30. It’s important to always remember to moisturize and nourish this zone daily.
4. Carry a bottle of water with you.
Most of us know about how the consumption of water on a daily basis affects our bodies. But not all of us manage to remember to make it a permanent habit. Buy a nice reusable bottle and always keep it in your bag. Firstly, this trendy accessory will save our earth from the abundance of plastic. Secondly, it will serve as a perfect reminder to quench your thirst.
5. Sleep on smooth pillowcases.
Very few people have a fresh, shining face when they wake up. Usually, the situation is quite the opposite. Our face rubs over a pillow during the night, which results in the appearance of wrinkles and messy hair. However, once you replace your regular pillowcase with a silk or satin one, your reflection in the mirror will start pleasing you more. The slippery surface will minimize friction and make your face and hair look much fresher.
6. Don’t wear hairbands that are too tight.
An experienced hairdresser can instantly tell which people like to wear tight ponytails. A constant wearing of hairbands thins hair in the place where it ties the ponytail up. Not only does it look bad, but the damage of the hair’s structure makes it brittle. If it’s impossible to avoid wearing this kind of hairdo, it’s better to use spiral hair ties.
7. Follow the rule 2/30.
This simple rule will help you stay fit without putting in much effort. People who watch TV for more than 2 hours a day are prone to consuming sweet and fattening food more often. Limit your TV-watching to a couple of episodes and then perform several exercises for half an hour. This habit will help you to avoid gaining excess weight. Moreover, you’ll probably gain more time to enjoy hobbies!
8. Use floss and mouthwash.
We were taught in school that we should brush our teeth 2 times a day. But it’s not enough for keeping teeth healthy and making your smile white. It’s like washing the dishes only in the morning and before going to sleep. Use floss and mouthwash every time you eat. It will decrease plaque significantly, especially if you like drinking tea or coffee and like to seek a dentist’s help less often.
9. Hold your smartphone at eye level.
Plastic surgeons note that in the last decade, the problem of sagging chins and wrinkles on the neck have become very common among women younger than 40 years old. The top-down position of the head when we look at a smartphone affects the muscles and skin in the neck area negatively. That’s why we end up having peculiar circles on the neck as well as a double chin. The habit of holding a book or a smartphone on the level of your eyes will help prevent the premature appearance of wrinkles.
Having days without the use of smartphones or switching it off one hour prior to going to sleep can be of great help too. This habit will help your body produce more of the melatonin hormone that slows down the process of aging.
10. Talk on the phone with a headset.
Holding a smartphone further from the face is the best thing you can do to protect your skin. Research has shown that a smartphone screen has 18 times more bacteria than the flush handle on a toilet in a public bathroom. Another good habit can be cleaning the screen with antibacterial wipes on a daily basis.
What other habits help you preserve your youth and beauty? Please tell us about them in the comments!